updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon September 18, 2006
Cowon iAudio F2
Once well-known as one of the first companies to ship video-capable portable audio players in the form of the iAudio X5, Cowon has been quiet in terms of releases. The Korean manufacturer reversed this trend Monday by announcing the iAudio F2. The small 2GB flash-based player stands out for its cellphone-like design and has a fairly large amount of format support: FLAC, MP3, OGG, and WMA audio are possible alongside photo and FM radio support. FM radio and direct audio recording are similarly standard features. Cowon claims 22 hours of battery life and is shipping the player to South Korea first on September 22nd for an equivalent price of $185 US. A North American launch has not yet been mentioned.